Trees for bees – Johnsons keeping the bee community ‘abuzz’

Commercial nursery Johnsons of Whixley has been creating a buzz at its North Yorkshire site after planting a number of trees to help its bee population continue to soar.

In peak summer, there can be 400,000 to 600,000 bees inhabiting Johnsons’ extensive nursery and so the group wanted to do something during the latter season when a lot of other species stop flowering.

Therefore, the Whixley-based business committed to planting 12 trees this month near its Apiary, in Gilsthwaite Lane, to provide a rich pollen source for bees.

As well as the nectar-rich large shrubs called, Heptacodium miconoides, staff worked hard to plant fragrant species such as the cherry plum tree, Prunus cerasifera, Prunus spinose (part of the rose family), Malus sylvestris (crab apple), alongside the Sorbus aucuparia shrub and the European common lime tree, Tilia europaea.

In the run-up to the planting, Johnsons staff also sowed a rich mix of wild flower seed across their Whixley base to keep its bee community going strong.

Johnsons of Whixley group managing director Graham Richardson said: “It’s so important that we continue to do everything we can to maintain our bee population because it’s well-documented how many benefits they provide.”

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